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Cruise Line BDMs Change Gears to Assist Advisors

Self-quarantining in the era of COVID-19 has its challenges. Clients certainly can’t visit a travel agency or attend community events or programs such as a “cruise night.” (

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Cruise Lines Modify Cancellation Policies For Better Flexibility

Cruise lines are modifying their payment and cancellation policies in an attempt to provide reassurance and flexibility for passengers in the wake of the Covid-19 novel coronavirus outbreaks around the world. While also protecting those with previously-booked voyages, these new policies are also designed to provide comfort and flexibility to those considering booking a cruise this summer and fall, particularly as the international travel landscape continues to fluctuate. (

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Government Support of Business and a Week Out – Surviving The Worst of Times

by Kevin Griffin

In a period of just three weeks, the Coronavirus C-19 has hit the world hard. Cruise ships taken out of service for 30, sometimes 60 days, ports refusing entry to cruise ships where there is any hint of fever on board, whole countries such as India and Canada banning cruise ships to protect their own populations, whole fleets of aircraft grounded, huge hospital ships deploying to New York and Los Angeles. Kevin Griffin has been writing the weekly “Cruise Examiner” column since 2008. He also owns The Cruise People in London, and is now called away to save his business and its jobs. Lots of things are happening to tight deadlines this week. So because of the various items delineated in his briefing below, there will be no “Cruise Examiner” this week. But we plan to return next week. (more…)

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ASTA Weighs in on Cruise Ships Being Denied Entry

Zane Kerby, president and CEO of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) has issued the following statement in reaction to a number of cruise ships being denied entry to ports: “Over the course of the past few weeks, a disturbing and anti-humanitarian trend has emerged. Multiple cruise ships at sea have been denied entry to various ports ….” (

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Meyer Werft suspends work on Iona

New Britisch P&O Cruises Cruiseschip IONA on the Eems to Eemshaven (AgriCultureVideo’s ACV)

Meyer Werft, the German cruise ship builder, said it has suspended work on P&O Cruises’ newbuilding Iona and the ship has been docked in Bremerhaven for the time being. (

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Ritz-Carlton Delays Delivery of Evrima Cruise Ship Until April 2021

Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's EvrimaThe Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has again postponed delivery of its first vessel, “Evrima”, as it deals with mounting issues at the Hijos de J. Barreras shipyard in Spain. The line’s first ship, which had already been delayed until June 2020 because of labor issues at the shipyard, has now been further postponed until April 2021, due to work stoppages related to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Europe. (

Arison: Rebuilding Will Take Time, Effort

Micky Arison’s Message to Travel Advisors

Micky Arison, chairman of Carnival Corporation, said in a recent video posted to Carnival’s Facebook page for travel agents that rebuilding will take time and effort, and that travel agents are key to that process. (


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Carnival Corporation Extends Offer to Governments and Health Authorities to Consider Cruise Ships as Temporary Hospitals

Carnival Corporation & plc  (logo)Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest leisure travel company, today announced that select cruise ships from the company’s global cruise line brands, including Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia, will be made available to communities for use as temporary hospitals to help address the escalating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare systems around the world. (more…)


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